- Many borrowers suspicious of Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). (Portland Press Herald 7.8.14)
- Maine in top 5 of states with highest foreclosure inventory. (Market Watch 7.8.14)
- NBT plans to open branch in Portland, Maine. (Bangor Daily News 7.2.14)
- Many states have job levels at pre-recession levels even though the nation has regained all 9 million jobs. (Portland Press Herald 7.2.14)
- William J. Ryan to become board chair of Berkshire Hills Bancorp (Portland Press Herald 7.1.14)
- Maine home sales increase 7.3% while sales prices decrease 4.8%. (Portland Press Herald 6.25.14)
- SunTrust Mortgage settles robo-signing dispute. 185 Mainers helped, according to Attorney General Janet Mills. (Bangor Daily News 6.19.14)
- The FBI, several foreign governments and security firms break up sophisticated financial crime ring. (Portland Press Herald 6.4.14)
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- Bar Harbor Bank & Trust CEO to retire in June 2013 (BDN, 11/27)
- PATCO Construction and People’s United Bank settle case related to 2009 ACH theft (Computer World.com, 11/27)
- Maine homes facing foreclosure contribute to worsening housing stock in some neighborhoods (Portland Press Herald, 11/18)
- Maine Foreclosure Diversion Program to implement new conflict of interest rules for mediators (LoanSafe.org, 11/16)
On the eve of President Obama’s State of the Union address, five of the country’s largest mortgage lenders have proposed a settlement to end pending litigation over potentially illegal foreclosure practices – including flawed or fraudulent filings or paperwork.
- Skowhegan Area High School welcomes Skowhegan Savings Bank branch.
- FAME names Camden National Bank as “Financial Institution of the Year.”
- Seth Sherwood named Small Business Relationship Manager for TD Bank’s Central Maine Region.
- Bar Harbor Bankshares promotes three senior executives.
- JP Morgan Chase settles wrongful foreclosure with Effingham, NH couple.
- Federal regulators announce review of foreclosures. NPR interview with Maine Attorney Tom Cox.
Financial Institutions should be aware of two recent amendments to Maine’s laws related to mortgages, both of which became effective on September 27, 2011. One new law requires mortgagees to provide mortgagors with a copy of the release of mortgage after recording. The other law enables mortgagors to recover attorneys fees in certain foreclosure proceedings where the mortgagee is not the prevailing party. Here are the details.